Many thanks to all the friends, especially Caped Crusader, who sent me these fine cartoons and posters:
I’m enjoying myself by reading through this week’s Watcher’s Council nominations. I commend them to your attention. Here’s the original post from the Watcher’s Council:
Phony, corrupt little meat puppet…
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.
Do you remember the McMartin preschool case in the mid- to late-1980s, when the owners of a small, family-run preschool found themselves accused of satanic sexual debauchery with the children in their care? Although the McMartin case was the most widely publicized, and therefore the most memorable, case, there were similar cases popping up all over the United States.
Each case would begin with a mother reporting that her child had said something that indicated he or she was the victim of sexual abuse at the preschool. Investigators and child therapists would move in and, next thing you knew, scores of employees and owners were suddenly being accused of the most heinous crimes.
Significantly, these accusations didn’t even stop with ordinary sexual molestation. Instead, they invariably included additional bizarre behaviors such bestiality, animal sacrifice, and even human sacrifice. Looked at objectively, without the accompanying media-fed hysteria, the charges sounded every bit as ridiculous as the claims made almost three hundred years before in Salem, Massachusetts. Needless to say, as in Salem, a lot of lives were irrevocably destroyed before the hysteria finally ended.
I think we’re all agreed here that, when it comes to sex, mutual consent is a good thing. In an ideal world, men and women would communicate with the type of clarity last seen when God spoke to Moses from the burning bush. That, of course, is not what happens. Instead, things get physical first, and words, if any are used, are spoken last. It’s a dance.
For example, look at this clip from a 1943 film, The More The Merrier. She’s carefully interviewing him, while he’s single-mindedly intent on getting the kiss. As he moves on her, she wiggles and pulls away, only to stay well within his orbit. She speaks all those words; and he silently seduces her:
Unlike Rand Paul, who is standing for a filibuster against the Patriot Act, my “standing” has to do with the fact that, after a long afternoon of shopping and doctors with my mother, I am still upright and reasonably coherent. His feat is the more admirable one or possibly the more lunatic — I can’t decide. While I think that one over (and please feel free to chime in with your opinions), I offer the following for your reading pleasure:
Bruce Kesler, retired Marine extraordinaire, has a message of immediate concern to veterans and their supporters. Check it out here.
Sales on ice cream are God’s way of telling you it’s okay to indulge.
I don’t get how gays can claim they’re born that way while at the same time supporting the argument that fixed sexual orientation is a social construct and that sexuality is naturally fluid and changing.
There are very few things in an ordinary American’s life that chocolate can’t fix or improve.
I’m pretty sure that my moral beliefs and my philo-Christian outlook were formed by the fact that, when I was about 5 or 6, my father found at a used-book store and brought home for me the multi-volume set of Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories, which I read and re-read with an enthusiasm approaching fanaticism. It wasn’t until years later that my surprised parents discovered that the books were essentially evangelical tracts.
Bookworms are never lonely.
I’m starting to dig out from under the mountains of legal and domestic detritus that’s enveloped me of late, so I have a bit of time to write again. The only problem is that I don’t know what to write. Usually I latch onto what is, to me at least, a particularly juicy subject and then try either to analyze or eviscerate it, usually at greater length than is warranted. Unfortunately, In this, the last year and a half of the Obama era, I see data points but I have no useful new analysis to add:
Data point: Ramadi has fallen. Analysis: Well, duh! Faced with a stable Iraq when he came into office, but consumed by a desire to downsize America’s worldwide presence no matter what (especially in the Muslim world), Obama withdrew all troops and left a complete vacuum, something that both Nature and Islamists abhor. Entirely predictable.
Data point: Hillary lied about the number of secret email accounts she used while Secretary of State. Analysis: Well, duh! Hillary lies. That’s what she does. Again, this was entirely predictable.
Data point: Every anthropogenic global warming prediction has failed to come true. Analysis: Well, duh! It was always obvious that these predictions were driven by misanthropic, anti-capitalistic ideologies. Yes, another entirely predictable data point.
Data point: ISIS militants attempt to stifle speech; Left cheers them all. Analysis: Well, duh! Both Islam and the Left oppose free speech which, if exercised, could destroy the premises that underlie them and that enable them to exert totalitarian control over the people unlucky enough to be in their grasp. We all saw this one coming.
Data point: Feminists are upset about something. Analysis: Well, duh! When aren’t they upset about something? It’s as if there’s a PMS force multiplier when feminists get together. We could have predicted this one way back in 1970.
Data point: College students are upset about something. Analysis: Well, duh! Having been raised in a society with such an attenuated childhood that potty training ends right about the time college begins, who can blame these special snowflakes for exhibiting all the sensitivity, maturity, and viciousness of the average two-year old on a nap-free day? By the way, it’s no coincidence that both toddlers and college students are disproportionately interested in the contents of their and other people’s underwear. Ho-hum. Saw this one a long time ago in the crystal ball.
Data point: Gay marriage activists are taking aim at traditional Christian institutions and their worshippers. Analysis: Well, duh! I said back in 2008 that the driving force behind the gay marriage push was to un-do the First Amendments freedom of religion clause. The newly discovered right to gay marriage will triumph over and destroy the Church’s right to treat monogamous heterosexual marriage as a central religious doctrine. Score one for the Bookworm prediction machine.
Data point: Obama supports totalitarian Islamic regimes at the expense of democratic, pluralist Israel. Analysis: Well, duh! That was obvious back in 2007 and 2008 when it became clear that Obama’s friends and trusted advisers were all ferociously anti-Israel and that he had spoken at a banquet supporting a radical pro-Palestinian activist — and, moreover, that the pro-Obama Los Angeles Times refused to produce video of that speech. None of Obama’s “I love Israel” words were sufficient to offset those practical realities. Are any of us surprised by the headlines?
As you can see, no matter the news today, we all had it figured out before and, often, I already wrote about it yesterday — leaving me with nothing new to add.
Perhaps I’ll be inspired tomorrow. Until then, the round-ups, in which I bring all sorts of interest articles that other people write (clearly they’re neither as jaded nor as unimaginative as I) will have to do. And by the way, if you’re more inspired than I, consider this your Open Thread.
Revolutions always eat their own
Assuming one survives a revolution, one of the most enjoyable spectacles is seeing the second generation of revolutionaries turn on the first. Just today, there are two examples:
First, ardent Leftist, “Sovietologist,” and Duke University professor Jerry Hough, has suddenly found himself engaged in heated battle with the thought police he once counted as his allies. His sin? He pointed out, accurately enough, that once beleaguered Asians didn’t become victims, they became success stories, a transition blacks have utterly failed to make. He’s right, of course, but in typical narcissist fashion, he fails to understand that it was his political establishment that infantilized the black community.
Second, the feminists are turning on Obama. They’re not angry about his failure to pay women in his administration the same wages that he pays men. Noooo. His sin is microaggression: He called a woman by her first name. This kerfuffle, which is a delight to watch, gave Glenn Reynolds the opportunity to introduce USA Today readers to the noxiousness of identity politics.
California: from Golden State with a Golden Gate to a Democrat rust belt
Over the past twenty or thirty years, the California legislature has worked diligently to turn California into a third world country. It’s quixotic stand against non-existent climate change is just one manifestation of that insanity, although it may be the most damaging yet. Joel Kotkin explains.